Regardless of whether you are moving across the street or across the world, settling into a new home and neighbourhood can be a difficult thing to do. The most important aspect of adjusting to your new life is realizing that it will take time and patience, and to relax and enjoy the ride. However, there are some things you can do to make your transition into a new city all the more easy.
1. Use your legs
Even if you have a car, walking is the best way to explore a new neighbourhood. You will notice hole in the wall coffee shops, interesting parks and cycle paths, and so much more. You will also get a feel for the vibe of the area, which is hard to do from a vehicle. Plus, it’s a lovely way to get out of your home or apartment and add enjoyment to your day.
2. Yelp is your new best friend
Until you make actual friends in your new neighbourhood, make Yelp your new best friend. If you’re unfamiliar with Yelp, get familiar fast. It allows you to search for local services in your neighbourhood, such as a barber, an Italian restaurant, an organic grocer, a 24 hour fitness center or just about anything else you can think of. Not only can you find all of these places through Yelp, but you can also read extensive reviews written by actual people who live near you and have been to these places. It’s just like having real friends to ask for advice!
3. Get a map
What’s the worst part about being on vacation? Getting lost. It’s the same with moving to a new area. There’s a simple way around this; get used to using a map. In fact, you don’t even need to actually buy a map any more, provided that you have a smart phone. Having a map will ensure that you are never late or stressed, and enjoy exploring your new city rather than being constantly worried about how to get home.
4. Be brave
Moving house is going to force you to step outside your comfort zone. Embrace this, and use it as an opportunity to see just how far outside that zone you can get! By having a bit of courage and trying new things, you will make your move a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. Make sure you dine in new restaurants, drink in new bars, shop in new stores, and try everything else you can that’s new. Don’t spend too much time comparing everything to places that were near your old home, and instead embrace them for what they are. You should also definitely make an effort to talk to strangers. When you move in, go and meet your neighbours and invite them out for lunch or coffee. It’s great to be on good terms with your neighbours – they can end up being some of your best friends and also do things like collect your mail when you’re away and out of town.
Good luck, and have fun!
Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he's not out shredding waves he writes about Arkansas Houses for Rent for RentFinder.co.